Azevedo, Luiz De

Azevedo, Luiz De a Portuguese missionary, was born in 1573 at Chaves, upon the frontier of Galicia. At the age of sixteen he entered the Order of Jesuits, and was sent to Goa to complete his studies. He was then appointed master of novices and rector at Tana. About 1604 he started for Abyssinia in company with Loreizo Romano, and there founded a school and converted to Christianity the king of the country, Seltame. He was perfectly acquainted with the different dialects of Abyssinia, particularly the Amharic. He died Feb. 22, 1634. Among other religious works, he made a translation of the New Test. into Amharic, a catechism in the same dialect, and a grammar in Amharic and Latin.

There were two others of the same name as the above-a Spanish monk of the Order of St. Augustine, a native of Medina Campo, who died in 1600, and who published Discursos Morales en las Fiestas de Nuestra Segiora (Valladolid, 1600); and a Portuguese Dominican who published a treatise on the education of children. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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